Thanks for all the great consortia use cases, @David_Dahl, @btravis and @PaulaSullenger. I can comment on some of these and I am tagging @vbar here, as he may be able to add some insight as well.
Collections seem like they could be an important element in loan rules, though perhaps “Collection” could be a Parking element. It seems like identifying that something is part of the “Stacks” collection would be more important in determining loan rules than elements like “floor” or “shelf row”. Collections seem like they could also have utility in the discovery layer for faceting purposes.
Absolutely. We expect some collections (specifically those that reside in a single physical location) to be modeled as “parking” while others (e.g. those that are conceptually rather than physically associated) should make use of the collection property. Both location and collection will factor into loan rules. Sorry about the floor and shelf examples - I’ve updated the slides to use “department” and “section” which I am told are more realistic. The key thing to remember is that the parking attributes can be whatever you want.
How does the Institution level map to a tenant? Can a single FOLIO tenant have multiple Institution values or is it implied that there is only one value at the Institution level? (This might have implications for the various ways in which consortia might be represented in FOLIO.)
Often a tenant will map to a single institution, but there can also be multiple institutions within a given tenant. This kind of setup may make sense for some consortia.
Related to the previous bullet, another model that was mentioned at the RA SIG meeting was to express the consortium at the Institution level with each member as a campus within the institution. All of these seem like they have implications for permissions, reporting, etc. It would be good to work out which of these models are expected/supported in FOLIO.
Yes, this would be another model supported by the location hierarchy. Indeed, it would be good to break down the pros and cons of each model for consortia setup.
When we say consortia live outside the hierarchy, are there ideas about what defines the consortia?
This is yet another way one could set up a consortia. I don’t believe we’ve gotten very far with defining the specifics.
To make things even more fun, there are consortia composed of consortia.
We need to think this through further, but a combination of the above models may work well for this.